— With the holiday season behind us, it isn’t surprising that family members start to recognize the first signs of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in a loved one. Family members and friends who have not seen one another for months or even a year gather, and the signs of memory loss or behavioral change become obvious. The Alzheimer’s Association’s free and confidential 24/7 Helpline (800-272-3900) sees its highest volume of calls at the end of the year. Changes in memory or behavior that seem …

— 2018 Cuts to Medicare Would Reduce Access to Health Care   WASHINGTON, DC — AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins sent a letter to Congressional leadership yesterday urging Congress to prevent $25 billion in automatic cuts to Medicare in 2018 that would result from the enactment of H.R. 1 and its $1.5 trillion deficit increase since it “would have an immediate and lasting impact, including fewer providers participating in Medicare and reduced access to care for Medicare beneficiaries.” Read the full text …

— AARP is hosting brain health seminars throughout Northern Virginia to explain how smart habits and social interaction can sharpen your mind. The community meetings will focus on five pillars of brain health: diet, regular exercise, social engagement, relaxation and learning new things. AARP volunteers will lead group discussions about how to meet those goals. Events are scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 20, 1-2 p.m., at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lane Road, in Burke; Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2-3 p.m., at Central Community …

— AARP announced the launch of an effort to raise awareness of the daily challenges faced by many U.S. Latino family caregivers, anchored by the release of a Spanish-language documentary, titled Cada Paso del Camino (Every Step of the Way). The film showcases the powerful and emotional stories of four Latino family caregivers, including popular Spanish-language television personality and outspoken caregiver, Marco Antonio Regil.  Ultimately, the documentary aims to start a conversation among Latinos on how to best plan for and …

—   AARP Colorado would like to inform you of an opportunity to learn about eating disorders. *The Eating Disorder Foundation in Denver is presenting a Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and again from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1901 E. 20th Ave., Denver, CO 80205. Register for one class. A light meal will be served. Seating is limited; reserve your spot now for this free event by calling 303-322-3373. Eating Disorders It is important …

— Intimacy, addiction and exercise are just a few of the topics at this year’s Vital Aging Conference, which tackles what it means to Disrupt Aging. “Disrupt Aging is a call to shape the future of aging,” said Elaine Freisen-Strang, AARP Oregon State President. “We do this by challenging outdated beliefs about it means to age and it’s about sparking new solutions so we can all choose how we live as we age.” Saturday’s event will highlight different ways to challenge …

— Diabetes can cause heart disease, stroke, amputation, blindness and even death. More than 13 percent of Delaware adults have diabetes, and 38 percent have prediabetes. AARP is collaborating with the YMCA of Delaware to help people prevent diabetes through healthier habits. YMCA offers a 16-week course on how to use diet, exercise and modest weight loss to prevent the disease. For information and fees, go to ymcade.org/preventdiabetes or email diabetesprevention@ymcade.org. The program offers AARP members a 20 percent discount. Ask …

— The evidence for the long-term brain health benefits of what most people consider “brain games” is weak to non-existent, according to a new consensus statement issued today by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH). The good news is that there are many mentally-engaging activities that can help your brain stay sharp over your lifespan. “Brain games” can be fun and engaging, but often the claims made by companies touting the benefits of these games are exaggerated. However, there are …

— Join us for two live webcasts and get answers to your questions. Do you have questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment? Get your answers live! Whether you’re enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling, the two-part Q&A series from AARP Learn@50+ provides answers about the 2018 enrollment process. In part one, AARP’s experts will review the Open Enrollment period (Nov. 1 to Dec. 15) and answer your questions about the process. In part two, the AARP team will lead a …

— Join us for two live webcasts and get answers to your questions. Do you have questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment? Get your answers live! Whether you’re enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling, the two-part Q&A series from AARP Learn@50+ provides answers about the 2018 enrollment process. In part one, AARP’s experts will review the Open Enrollment period (Nov. 1 to Dec. 15) and answer your questions about the process. In part two, the AARP team will lead a …